Abbott & Stour Report - TR Action 325 - November 2020
Hello there, and most important how are you all? I know a lot of you have been tinkering and occupied both physically and mentally. This was highlighted by Bob Bell with his star letter in 324 regarding his home made oil extractor/filler. Even in these times A & S members still win prizes-well done Bob.
I had hoped to have news of another club night, a run out and a Christmas meal in this edition but as I was putting this together Boris instigated his “rule of 6”(is that a CP or CR six)? The only possible event is the Christmas meal on the 18th of December if we are able to meet at that time and whether members would wish to meet even in a socially distanced way-The Manger have worked really hard to ensure an environment that is within current government parameters.
Although we cannot have the Group Runs there is still nothing to stop us getting our cars out and I would encourage anyone to go for a solo run if possible. A quick blast down to Felixstowe for fish and chips on the sea wall was a good reason to put 98 miles on the clock and ensure that the car was still turning its wheels.
Another great run is from Bury St Edmunds on the A134 to Thetford, then Mundford (stopping at Brown’s café for coffee), A1065 via Swaffham, Holt, them Cromer (stop here for crab sandwiches). Now onto the A149-this is BRILLIANT, although care with the speed limits some of which are 20 mph-you will soon learn why. Now you are near Brancaster which is the reason for this trip, its an AA box in a large lay bye on your right which is perfect for a photo shoot. Just remember, by the early 1900’s there were about 600 of these, now there are 19, eight of which are Grade 2 listed buildings. I can remember feeling that my Dad must be really important as the patrol-man saluted him as we went past the one at Needham Market. The same is true of the RAC boxes of which there were about 500. Sadly I do have a photo of my 6 in front of the AA box near Harrogate. Here’s a challenge for the future, if we ever get back to any semblance of normality how about joining me in an attempt to have a photo in front of every box still standing? If not you can always try and buy the Corgi Kit of both boxes currently on a well known web sale site at 94.95. Turn left onto B1153 to Docking then B1454 left onto A148 to Fakenham retracing your steps to Bury. A good day out of about 150 miles. I must compliment our colleagues in Wensum Group as to the surface of your roads, I do not know how much your council tax is but you certainly get value for money. Tomorrow we are off to Attleborough to buy roses so maybe another route next time.
A few members cars have been seen including a TR4, 4a, a brace of 6’s a 7 and a TR7V8 the latter making that glorious deep throated growl. A couple of members attended Glemham Hall show which had a good selection of classic cars, commercials and militaria. However a 4 mile queue was reported as people had not read the web site that specified pre paid tickets only - something to bear in mind for the future.
OK that’s it for another magazine so keep safe and keep in contact if you have news, a problem that needs sorting or a problem that you have solved.
Friday December 18th Christmas Meal at The Manger Bradfield Combust A134 (if allowed keep looking at the Round Robin’s)
Stewart Hurrell, 01787-282176, Trmessagestewart@hotmail.com.